While not a destination for vacationers, affable Gunnison has become more than the ranch town of yesteryear, with great recreation access and affordable lodgings and meals. In winter a free shuttle bus plies between Gunnison and Crested Butte continuously each day, and staying off the mountain can make skiing vacations a little less expensive.
This western town is home to the handsome campus of Western State College of Colorado, which opened in 1911. The giant W on the hill southeast of town is a reference to the college. However, a walk through the older residential neighborhoods will reveal numerous Victorians and masonry homes. Long ago Ute tribes hunted on the plains surrounding the present-day town of Gunnison in summer.